Tony DeBenedictis, owner of Tony's Market on Washington Street, acknowledged today that he's seriously looking at moving from his longtime location in Roslindale Square to a spot up Washington at Durnell Avenue.
However, he said the deal is not 100% done and that he won't know for sure what he will do for about another month.
The Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services holds a meeting at 7 p.m. on April 28 at the Roslindale Community Center to let residents discuss the possibility of turning the abandoned Busy Bee dry cleaner's into a deli and meat market. Community support would be vital for the potential move because the property is not zoned for that use and so would require a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Tony's has been in its current location for more than four decades, but last year, he and his landlord Vincent Marino - another longtime Roslindale Square mainstay - got into a public argument over Marino's plans to add two stories to the building that houses both Tony's and Redd's in Rozzie.
Earlier this year, it looked as if the old dry cleaners would be turned into a restaurant.